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Tips and add-ons to make Apple Mail / Mail.app even better



Last Build Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 07:44:09 +0000

 



Hotmail, Yahoo and Lion’s mail

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 07:07:47 +0000

Mail.app users with Hotmail or Yahoo Mail accounts have long had to use third-party plugins to get hold of their emails. MacFreePOPs is one such utility that is already Lion-compatible and supports an astonishing range of web-based mail servers, offering POP-like access to your accounts. Another plugin, mBox Mail , is just for Hotmail users [...]



Turning off Lion Mail’s animated windows

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 06:32:53 +0000

Lion’s mail.app animates its windows. When you open a new message or reply to an existing one, the window “zooms out” to greet you. I can hardly see this on my 27″ iMac, but it is noticable on my MacBook. If you dislike this kind of frippery, or would simply rather turn the animation off [...]



Un-skinning Lion’s iCal

Sun, 24 Jul 2011 07:04:15 +0000

One of the unpleasant surprises in Lion (for me) was the new look given to iCal and Address Book. What were they thinking? Luckily, lots of other people feel the same way, and it didn’t long for hacks to appear which return them to their pristine, pre-Lion state. Two for iCal, in particular, caught my [...]



Make your own Stationery for mail.app

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 07:42:09 +0000

James Dempsey has updated his tutorial on how to create your own fancy stationery in mail.app for Snow Leopard. First posted in 2007, he has updated it to make sure that nothing got broken in the last two years. He walks through the process of finding, opening and modifying an existing mail.app stationery bundle in [...]



mail.appetizer beta now works with 10.6.4

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 23:04:02 +0000

Speaking of notification utilities, Stefan Schüßler is actively at work updating his popular (and beautiful) mail.appetizer plugin for mail.app. The most recent development build (150) works with 10.6.4. You can download it from his development snapshot page where you will also find instructions for installing it. For those not in the know, mail.appetizer makes beautiful [...]



Notify plugin: New features, 30% discount

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 22:34:10 +0000

The email notification utility Notify has just been updated. The new release comes with a slew of new features, including keyboard shortcuts, the ability to grab photos from Address Book for its Growl notifications, smarter options for message reading and handling and better support for plain text. Notify is at the feature-rich “high end” of [...]



Mail.app’s disappearing POP mail trick

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 12:13:16 +0000

David Buxton at Reliably Broken has written a good explanation of the way Apple Mail treats email in POP and IMAP accounts, contrasting it (at the end) with the way Entourage handles each protocol. As he notes: Now when you go to remove an IMAP account Mail.app deletes all the local mailboxes for that IMAP [...]



Rocketbox: Super fast, super smart mail.app searching

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 10:27:49 +0000

Spotlight searching in Apple Mail is pretty good, but what if it could be even better? Rocketbox is the plugin that delivers that wish — lightning fast, very smart searching, above and beyond what Spotlight can provide. This plugin offers the ability to filter searches by several clever criteria that work together quickly to find [...]



Huzzah! Hawk Wings serves 5 million pages

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 10:23:21 +0000

I’m sorry for the lapse in taste, but I can’t help myself. This morning at 6.05 am, Hawk Wings served its 5 millionth page to the world. At least, that’s the total Mint has cranked up since I installed it in July 2006: So, 3,425 page impressions a day on average, every day for four [...]



iDeskCal: Easy calendars on your Desktop

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 11:21:03 +0000

Long-time Hawk Wings readers will remember the iCalViewer app that places a streaming calendar on your Desktop. I discover that it’s still going strong . For USD 11 it will stream calendars and upcoming to-dos as nicely under Snow Leopard as it did under Tiger: It forces you to stay aware of what’s coming up, [...]